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Optical link demonstration with a lightweight transceiver breadboard
Author(s): Hamid Hemmati; James R. Lesh; John G. Apostolopoulos; Hector M. Del Castillo; A. S. Martinez
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Paper Abstract

A compact optical communications transceiver breadboard was constructed. In order to keep the mass of the breadboard as low as possible the design was made very simple. The entire package weighs less than 5 kg. The optical module uses a 40 mW diode laser and a two-axis voice coil actuator for beam steering. The breadboard is capable of locking onto a laser beacon within its field of view and transmitting the diode laser beam back toward the beacon. Design of the breaboard, details of each component in the breadboard, and current experiments with the package are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1417, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43777
Show Author Affiliations
Hamid Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James R. Lesh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John G. Apostolopoulos, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hector M. Del Castillo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
A. S. Martinez, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1417:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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